Ranking Every Storyteller on ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’

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When I was a kid, I couldn’t watch a lot of Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?. I’ve never been able to take much horror, but back then it was even worse. Every once in awhile I’d muster up the courage to watch an episode, and to this day I can tell you the names of the few that I actually sat through. The episode that put the nail in the coffin for me was “Tale of the Dollmaker” (I still find it to be the creepiest of the series). Halfway through, I changed the channel and remember thinking that I was done with Are You Afraid of the Dark? for good. From there on out I would continue to change the channel whenever the show was about to come on. But that fear of “Dollmaker” planted a seed. A fascination of the eerie and bizarre. One that has kept me intrigued by the series since that very day, knowing very well that eventually I would come back to it. Now is that time.


And I have to say that I now love the show. Mostly because the episodes can be scary, but just the right amount. It’s still a show for kids, but also doesn’t pull any punches.

At the center of it all is the Midnight Society. Kids who meet each week and tell scary stories around a campfire. Each storyteller, for the most part, has his or her own style (though slightly less so in the revival seasons). And certain storytellers are given better stories than others.

Here, I’ll be ranking each Midnight Society member by how good their stories are over the course of their run on the show. Obviously I know that the characters themselves didn’t come up with the stories, but it’s still fun to imagine that they sat at home writing them and that their talents are showcased through their storytelling.

Upon watching the series from start to finish, I gave each episode a rating from 1 to 10, not taking into account the Midnight Society segments–just the stories themselves. The ratings took into account scariness, overall pacing, poignancy, and entertainment value. Good acting was a plus, but usually didn’t sway an episode too much either way. I then averaged all the scores for each storyteller, coming up with their own individual score. Most of the stories I rated fairly high, since a majority of them are good in my opinion. But there are still quite a few clunkers.

Not included on this list are Eric and Stig because they each had only two stories. Stig would’ve actually been at the top of this list, since I gave both of his stories a 9. While Eric got a 7 (“Tale of Jake and the Leprechaun”) and a 9 (“Tale of the Dark Music”).

Also, “Tale of the Silver Sight” is a near-perfect episode, but it’s technically not attributed to any storyteller, so it won’t be included. “Tale of Cutter’s Treasure” will be attributed to both Frank and Gary, and seen as two separate episodes since they were each so different from each other.

And I think it goes without saying, but this list also doesn’t include the 2019 Are Your Afraid of the Dark? reboot mini-series, since that would just be absurd.

While the series revival seasons (6 and 7) get a bad rap, I include them here because I personally feel that they stand up well against the former seasons–and are even better than one or two of the originals.

(By the way, after you read this list, go and check out my list Ranking Every Season of ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’)

So without further ado, here is my ranking of (just about) every storyteller on Are You Afraid of the Dark?:


12. Andy

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Average Score: 6.25

Sorry Andy, you’re a good guy. Andy only had one truly bad episode, but it was also one of the worst in the entire show’s run. He also never has an episode higher than an 8.

Best Story:

Tale of the Last Dance (8)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Misfortune Cookie (3)

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Other Stories:

Tale of the Hunted (7)

Tale of the Photo Finish (7)


11. Quinn

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Average Score: 6.75

Unfortunately, Quinn hit us with some of the worst stories of the revival series. Although Tale of Vampire Town is one of the better episodes from those seasons.

Best Story:

Tale of Vampire Town (9)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Reanimator (5)

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Other Stories:

Tale of the Wisdom Glass (7)

Tale of Highway 13 (6)


10. Tucker

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Average Score: 7

Tucker’s stories often feature creatures of folklore, and pertain to a sibling dynamic. Because he’s in both incarnations of the series, Tucker has a lot of episodes. I included both original and revival stories for his score. But just for fun, his score for the original series is a 6.71, while his revival stories average to a 7.33. He has some of the better tales in the latter (including the only Perfect 10 besides “Tale of the Silver Sight”), but some of the worst in the original series.

Best Story:

Tale of the Forever Game (10)

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Best Story (original series):

Tale of Prisoners Past (9)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Laser Maze (3)

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Worst Story (original series):

Tale of the Manaha (5)

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Other Stories:

Tale of Oblivion (9)

Tale of Bigfoot Ridge (9)

Tale of the Phone Police (8)

Tale of the Midnight Ride (7)

Tale of the Time Trap (7)

Tale of the Fire Ghost (7)

Tale of Jake the Snake (6)

Tale of the Water Demons (6)

Tale of the Guardian’s Curse (5)


9. Betty Ann

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Average Score: 7.33

Okay don’t be mad. It’s just that Betty Ann has a TON of stories, so her average suffers. Before starting this, I suspected her to be at the top of the list. She’s one of the more famous storytellers because of the iconic tales she tells, but a majority of them are either in the middle of the pack or forgettable. Though she still has some of the best in the series. Betty Ann’s stories often feature characters crossing realms or being dragged into another world.

Best Story:

Tale of the Dollmaker (10)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Chameleons (5)

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Other Stories:

Tale of Laughing in the Dark (10)

Tale of the Mystical Mirror (8)

Tale of the Bookish Babysitter (7)

Tale of the Ghastly Grinner (7)

Tale of the Silent Servant (7)

Tale of the Whispering Walls (7)

Tale of the Curious Camera (7)

Tale of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice (7)

Tale of the Thirteenth Floor (7)

Tale of the Nightly Neighbors (6)


8. Vange

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Average Score: 7.5

Albeit a small sample size, Vange’s two best stories are at the top of the episodes for the revival series. But she also has one of the worst in the entire series.

Best Story:

Tale of the Zombie Dice (9)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Virtual Pets (5)

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Other Stories:

Tale of the Night Nurse (9)

Tale of Many Faces (7)


7. Kiki

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Average Score: 7.8

Kiki is the only storyteller with three 10’s on her resume, but she also has a few of the worst episodes of the original series. There doesn’t seem to be much middle-ground with her. Kiki’s stories lean towards characters suffering consequences of carelessness or deceitfulness.

Best Story:

Tale of the Quiet Librarian (10)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Unexpected Visitors (4)

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Other Stories:

Tale of Apartment 214 (10)

Tale of the Quicksilver (10)

Tale of the Vacant Lot (9)

Tale of the Dream Machine (9)

Tale of the Closet Keepers (8)

Tale of Old Man Corcoran (7)

Tale of the Jagged Sign (6)

Tale of the Captured Souls (5)


6. Gary

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Average Score: 7.82

As the leader of the Midnight Society, Gary gives us the recurring character, Sardot–for better or worse. Of his ten tales, only a few of them are really good, while most of the others hover in the “average” range. His father owns a magic shop, so he’s obsessed with magic, which most of his stories revolve around.

Best Story:

Tale of the Unfinished Painting (10)

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Worst Story:

Tale of a Door Unlocked (5)

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Other Stories:

Tale of the Magician’s Assistant (10)

Tale of Cutter’s Treasure, Part 1 (9)

Tale of Cutter’s Treasure, Part 2 (8)

Tale of the Renegade Virus (8)

Tale of the Carved Stone (8)

Tale of the Pinball Wizard (7)

Tale of the Super Specs (7)

Tale of Badge (7)

Tale of the Crimson Clown (7)


5. Kristen

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Average Score: 8

Kristen’s episode ratings are all over the spectrum, but even her worst episodes are memorable at the very least. Her tales are almost always about ghosts with unfinished business.

Best Story:

Tale of Locker 22 (10)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Final Wish (6)

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Other Stories:

Tale of the Prom Queen (9)

Tale of the Frozen Ghost (8)

Tale of the Hungry Hounds (7)


4. Megan

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Average Score: 8.2

Played by the mediocrely famous Elisha Cuthbert, Megan has some really solid stories–along with one of the most memorable of the entire show’s run–and proves to be the best storyteller in the revival series.

Best Story:

Tale of the Gruesome Gourmets (9)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Walking Shadow (7)

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Other Stories:

Tale of the Secret Admirer (9)

Tale of the Stone Maiden (8)

Tale of the Lunar Locusts (8)


3. David

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Average Score: 8.4

David left the show all-too-early. Although he’s the only member without any Perfect 10s from the original series, he has some of the most memorable stories of the first two seasons, and none that were bad. It would’ve been great to see what else he came up with if he stuck around.

Best Story:

Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle (9)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Twisted Claw (7)

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Other Stories:

Tale of the Lonely Ghost (9)

Tale of the Dark Dragon (9)

Tale of the Hatching (8)


2. Frank

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Average Score: 8.43

Frank gives us some real heavy-hitters. Most of his stories revolve around his character, Dr. Vink, but the two that don’t feature the mercurial madman are really great as well (“Tale of Train Magic” and “Tale of the Full Moon”). It’s odd that in four seasons, we only get seven stories total before Frank meets the same fate as everyone else who leaves the group–his family moves away.

Best Story:

Tale of the Midnight Madness (10)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Dangerous Soup (7)

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Other Stories:

Tale of Train Magic (9)

Tale of Cutter’s Treasure, Part 1 (9)

Tale of Cutter’s Treasure, Part 2 (8)

Tale of the Phantom Cab (8)

Tale of the Full Moon (8)


1. Sam

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Average Score: 8.83

Surprised by this one? Sam just doesn’t have any bad episodes, which is rewarded here. Her worst episode still gets an 8–although it may have been lower if it weren’t for Will Friedle’s fantastic performance. Her tales usually revolve around love lasting beyond the grave. Her stories aren’t usually scary in the typical sense, but more poignant, proving that you can accomplish both. Even though she was on the show for three seasons, she inexplicably only told six stories. But what an amazing resume!

Best Story:

Tale of the Dream Girl (10)

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Worst Story:

Tale of the Long Ago Locket (8)

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Other Stories:

Tale of the Night Shift (10)

Tale of C7 (9)

Tale of Watcher’s Woods (8)

Tale of the Room for Rent (8)


Let me know who you think is the Midnight Society’s best storyteller!


If you’re a fan of ’90s Nickelodeon, you should also check out my Ranking of Every ‘Salute Your Shorts’ Episode!



  1. I know he’s disqualified for small sample size, but Stig hit two home runs as far as I’m concerned. Dead Man’s Float is maybe my favorite episode of the series and Station 109.1 has such a cool central concept.

    Apart from him, Frank’s sensibilities most closely line up with my own. Dangerous Soup (a 7? At least a 9 in my opinion) is like a less-gory Clive Barker story and Midnight Madness scared me so bad when I was 6 I refused to watch the show for a few years afterwards.

    My least favorite (bearing in mind I only watched a handful of episodes from the revival seasons) might be David. I struggle to remember most of his episodes apart from Shiny Red Bicycle. Gary also has some pretty dorky entries though–Pinball Wizard is an early example of my least favorite horror milieu, video games/virtual reality. Kristen is definitely the least frightening, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and I always liked how she would dress up to promote the mood of her story.

    1. Yes, Stig would have definitely been towards the top (or AT the top for me), which is why I felt like I had to disqualify him, otherwise it would’ve felt too controversial lol.

      While I like the idea of his character, I never really clung onto most of the Dr. Vink episodes, aside from Midnight Madness. With that said, they’re never completely awful either. But I see the Clive Barker comparisons with Dangerous Soup–interesting take. Admittedly I only watched that episode once, so maybe I’ll like it more upon revisiting it with that in mind.

      I’ve caught a lot of flack for not having Betty Ann at the top, but she honestly just suffers from having TOO many stories, which only weigh down her great ones.

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